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This mini lesson contains two parts. The first part is the history of American Sign Language. The second is learning the formation of the Manual Alphabet of American Sign Language.

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  1. 1. American Sign Language (ASL)<br />With Michael<br />
  2. 2. American Sign Language~The History~<br />In the early 1800's, Thomas Hopkins Gallaudet, a hearing minister and a graduate of Yale University met and became friends with a young deaf girl named Alice. Gallaudet took an interest in teaching the girl and succeeded at teaching her a few words. The girl's father Dr. Mason Cogswell, encouraged Gallaudet to become involved with the establishment of a school for the Deaf.<br />So, in 1815 Gallaudet headed for Europe in search of methods for teaching the deaf.<br />He approached a number of program directors, (the Braidwood schools, the London Asylum, etc.), but none of them were willing to share their techniques with Gallaudet.<br />Fortunately, while in England, Gallaudet met up with the director of a Paris school for the deaf, a man by the name of Sicard.<br />
  3. 3. Sicard was there with two of his deaf pupils, Jean Massieu and Laurent Clerc who were also teachers at the school in Paris. They were in England giving demonstrations on how to teach the deaf by using sign language. The Paris school, which had been founded by the Abbe Charles Michel de L'Epee in 1771, was using French Sign Language in combination with a set methodically developed signs.<br />Gallaudet persuaded Clerc to return with him to the States and in 1817 the first American school for the deaf was established in the city of Hartford, Connecticut [United States of America].<br />Over time, the signs used at that school, plus the signs that were already being used by Deaf people in America evolved into what we now know as American Sign Language.<br />It is important to note that sign language was being used here in America before Gallaudet and Clerc set up the school.  One example (that you might want to research more) took place in Martha's Vineyard.  At one time many deaf people lived there and all or almost all of the townsfolk knew how to sign whether or not they were deaf!<br />William G. Vicars, Ed.D.Jan 1, 2001<br />Source:<br />
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  5. 5. B<br />
  6. 6. C<br />
  7. 7. D<br />
  8. 8. E<br />
  9. 9. F<br />
  10. 10. G<br />
  11. 11. H<br />
  12. 12. I<br />
  13. 13. J<br />
  14. 14. K<br />
  15. 15. L<br />
  16. 16. M<br />
  17. 17. N<br />
  18. 18. O<br />
  19. 19. P<br />
  20. 20. Q<br />
  21. 21. R<br />
  22. 22. S<br />
  23. 23. T<br />
  24. 24. U<br />
  25. 25. V<br />
  26. 26. W<br />
  27. 27. X<br />
  28. 28. Y<br />
  29. 29. Z<br />
  30. 30. Acknowledgement<br />In order for this lesson be made possible I would like to take a moment to share my appreciation to William Vicars, Ed. D. who kindly gave me permission to utilize parts of his web site. Please feel free to browse his work for further information on Deaf Culture, American Sign Language and much more on the following link in its entirety:<br />The History of American Sign Language, which was presented at the beginning of this lesson, may be found on the following link:<br />Thank you for joining me in this mini lesson today, and I hope you have learned a lot. <br />